Miscellany

Humbug Day is Right!

Today happens to be Humbug Day (the day you are supposed to be grumpy and mean, and get all of that out of your system before the actual Christmas holiday). It also happens to be the day when three Mountain West teams have bowl games. Here’s a rundown of them so far. New Mexico Bowl […]

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Happy Cat Herder’s Day!

From Urban Dictionary: “…the common saying that something involving coordination of many different groups or people is as difficult as herding cats. ” The phrase is supposed to reveal a sense of frustration when trying to deal with uncooperative groups. You can use the phrase in just about any capacity. Just say something like “Managing […]

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Just Monkeying Around…

Today is Monkey Day, a day set aside to monkey around. It’s celebrated around the world by people acting like monkeys. The day is also intended to support and raise awareness of animal rights. Here’s some monkey stuff to celebrate (I like the monkey hat :)): 1. FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet Who […]

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Happy Violin Day to You…

Yep, it’s violin day. Hmmm. Guess I’ll celebrate – maybe a couple Kansas tunes? For fun, here’s a few fun violin related products. Enjoy! 1. Violin For Dummies, 2nd Edition The bestselling guide to teaching yourself the violin just got better Despite being one of the most popular musical instruments for budding musicians, the violin […]

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Today is Poinsettia Day!

Today commemorates the day American botanist and ambassador Joel Roberts Poinsett died. He originally discovered the Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) in Southern Mexico. Poinsettias are traditionally used as a decorative flower during the Christmas season. Mexicans believe the plants represent the Star of Bethlehem, which is one reason for their association with Christmas. Also, there’s a […]

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10 Fun Things to do With Beer (Besides Drinking It)

This post was inspired by an article I read called “For What Ales You”. A bad pun is always worth repeating ? 1. Clean Copper Pots I wish I could try this, but we haven’t owned a copper bottom pot for years. Apparently, the mild acidity in beer is good for cleaning copper. Just pour […]

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Common Craigslist Scams

Recently, I’ve been listing various items on Craigslist. I’ve been getting a lot of these replies: From: craigslist reply Re: item for sale Is the item still available? Email me at some-phoney-email-address@gmail.com Sent from my iphone One even went as far as far as including Sent from my HTC One(TM) X, an AT&T 4G LTE […]

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You Can Keep Your (Insurance Policy/Doctor), Can’t You?

I had it in my mind that I was going to avoid being too political, but I can’t help it now. Here’s a story… (By the way, I’m not going to use anyone’s name here. If you want to, you could do a couple searches and figure it out yourself, but it’s not my fault […]

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Curation Sucks! And, There is an Alternative

Seems like everyone is on the curation bandwagon, believing it is the be-all and end-all of online publishing. Well, I am going to explain just how stupid that line of thinking is. First of all, think about this. Almost everything that has ever been published on the web is curated content. Say what? You got […]

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8 Secrets to Success in Life and Work

This was sent to me in PDF form by an internet marketer who goes by the name Peter Sz. I took the liberty of changing the layout and some of the text. In 1997, when author Michael Jeffreys was prepping for an upcoming book, he took the time to  personally interview 15 top motivational experts. […]

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Advanced Google Alerts Tips and Tricks

Recently, I decided to explore using Google Alerts to come up with topics to write about (sorry, Zemanta, your suggestion email didn’t cut the mustard). As I was setting some simple alerts up (blogging, cycling, coding, etc.), I started thinking of other things I could use Google Alerts for – such as tracking certain website […]

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Thursday Thought: Customer, Product, Victim?

This thought comes from Uncommon Wisdom, and it is certainly very wise. They ask, “Are you the Customer? Or, are you the Product?” Think about it the next time you decide you’re going to go online and search for your next purchase. You may think of yourself as the shopper or the customer, but remember […]

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Three Stooges Remodeling Company?

Funny story talked about on Bob and Tom this morning. FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters say things got out of hand last weekend after one of three workers arriving about 6 a.m. for a house remodeling job south of Florence built a warming fire in the carport. KCST-FM reports the fire spread, so another worker […]

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Google Hiccups and Normalizing the Vector

Gmail is having problems. Could it be the network is just getting too big? Google has thousands of servers providing access to Gmail for millions of users. According to Social Media Today: The issue’s description says that while some users received the 502 error when logging in, others had latency in accessing their emails…. 502 […]

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